Township of Jackson, NJ
Ocean County
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[Adopted 12-5-1972 by Ord. No. 18-72 (Ch. 51, Part 1, Art. III, of the 1972 Code)]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate a kennel or pet shop in the Township of Jackson without first having secured a license therefor.
[Amended 10-1-1984 by Ord. No. 40-84; 3-22-2016 by Ord. No. 07-16]
For the purposes of this article, the following definitions shall be applicable:
CAT
Any member of the domestic feline species; male, female or altered female.
DOG
Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
ESTABLISHMENT
A place of business or residence with its furnishings and staff; public or private institution.
[Added 11-29-2016 by Ord. No. 26-16]
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling cats or dogs for sale is carried on, where more than five dogs or cats over the age of seven months are harbored or kept.
[Amended 11-29-2016 by Ord. No. 26-16]
PET SHOP
Any room or group of rooms or cages or exhibition pen or other establishment which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept, displayed or offered for sale.
POUND
Any establishment for the confinement of cats or dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where cats, dogs, or other animals are received, housed and distributed without charge.
SMALL BREEDER
Any person or persons who engage in the business of breeding cats or dogs for sale, where no more than five cats or five dogs are handled during the breeding process of each calendar year, except a pet shop.
[Amended 11-29-2016 by Ord. No. 26-16]
[Amended 12-30-1974 by Ord. No. 62-74[1]; 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 10-11]
Application for licenses shall be made to the Township Clerk. Said application shall include the correct name and address of the applicant; a description of the nature of the business to be conducted; the address where the business will be conducted, and a description of the building or buildings in which it will be housed. Upon receipt of said application, the Clerk shall forward a copy of the same immediately to the Township Board of Health for its report and recommendation. If the Board of Health reports that the business is not likely to violate any applicable ordinances, rules or regulations dealing with public health or prohibiting nuisances, the Clerk shall issue the license upon payment to the Office of the Municipal Clerk of a yearly license fee of $100. This license shall expire on the first day of February of each year and shall be renewed prior to that time. No application for such a license shall be accepted by the Township Clerk until such time as the applicant has received variance approval, if required, or such other approval, if required, from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board or such other board of the Township of Jackson pursuant to Chapter 244, Land Use and Development Regulations, or such other provisions of the Jackson Code as may be applicable.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance was amended prior to final adoption by Res. No. 366R-74.
[Amended 8-12-1985 by Ord. No. 24-85]
Every licensee shall abide by all applicable state and Township laws, ordinances, rules and regulations controlling public health and the prevention of public nuisances. In addition thereto, all licensees shall place an identification tag on each dog kept on the licensed premises over the age of three months. The identification tag shall set forth the name and address of the kennel where the dog is kept. Said identification tag shall remain on the dog until such dog becomes of licensing age and is licensed according to this article.
[Added 3-22-2016 by Ord. No. 07-16]
A. 
A pet shop may offer for sale only those dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
(1) 
An animal care facility; or
(2) 
An animal rescue organization.
B. 
Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a shelter, pound or other establishment from keeping, displaying or selling any cat or dog which has been seized, rescued or donated.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction by any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter, be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.